Watch what you say

By 30 November, 2012 5

The ABC has a warning for public servants:

The annual State of the Service Report emphasises the need to build and maintain public trust in the impartiality and integrity of the APS and individual public servants.

In discussing the findings, Commissioner Stephen Sedgwick says it follows the discussion about the capacity of public servants to engage in public debate.

Mr Sedgwick is urging staff to be prudent in expression, particularly in the lead-up to caretaker mode.

“We have to be confident that we can convince governments and alternative governments that we can serve them faithfully and honestly regardless of whether their view aligns with ours personally,” he said.

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5 Responses to Watch what you say
#1
switch1:31 pm, 30 Nov 12

“Mr Sedgwick is urging staff to be prudent in expression, particularly in the lead-up to caretaker mode.”

Do you think somebody will now accuse Commissioner Sedgwick of bullying?

#2
cmdwedge1:41 pm, 30 Nov 12

So.. the same rules that should apply to anyone working in the private sector, too?

#3
Woody Mann-Caruso6:05 pm, 30 Nov 12

Mr Sedgwick is urging staff to be prudent in expression

And yet he used thirty words –

“We have to be confident that we can convince governments and alternative governments that we can serve them faithfully and honestly regardless of whether their view aligns with ours personally.”

– to say…what? “Be trustworthy”? “Be impartial”? Here, have four words to say both. Tell Finance you’re offering up the other 26 words as an 86% saving.

#4
miz9:48 pm, 30 Nov 12

Wouldn’t want us all to misinterpret ‘frank and fearless’.

#5
Roundhead895:54 am, 02 Dec 12

“The annual State of the Service Report emphasises the need to build and maintain public trust in the impartiality and integrity of the APS and individual public servants.”

… apart from when Wayne Swan uses Treasury to slam opposition economic policies.

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